The Middle Years Literacy Project commenced in 2017 and initially involved 18 schools across four associations in Tasmania.
In 2018, a further eight associations made up of 38 schools have joined the project and Bayview Secondary College is thrilled to be working alongside the four feeder primary schools in our area to make up the Bayview Association.
In our context, the three-year project aims to enhance student writing outcomes by ensuring a common approach to explicitly teaching literacy skills at Lauderdale Primary School, South Arm Primary School, Rokeby Primary School, Clarendon Vale Primary School and Bayview Secondary College.
Teachers from the five schools will collaborate as a professional learning community to share knowledge, enhance teacher practice and encourage students to develop a specific skillset and key understandings that will ensure they make a smooth transition from Year 6 at their local primary school to Year 7 at Bayview Secondary College.
Stu Warren, formerly the senior school manager at Bayview, will co-ordinate the project and work with staff across the five schools to facilitate targeted professional development and track student outcomes over the course of the project.
The project intends to deliver improvements in student writing as well as ensuring the best possible transition for students between Year 6 and Year 7, which is often a challenging step to take given the potential for different approaches to classroom learning that can exist between primary and secondary schools.
Participation in the Middle Years Learning Project is another example of Bayview’s commitment to excellence in teaching and learning and illustrates our focus on producing the best possible outcomes for all students.